Relief for Matatu operators as government adjusts passenger capacity for PSVs

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Matatu operators have a little to smile about after the government relaxed Covid-19 protocols for the public transport sector.

In the new guidelines issued by Transport CS James Macharia, a 14 seater capacity will now carry 10 passengers as opposed to 8 including driver and crew.

33-seaters only allowed a sitting capacity of 18 people including the driver and crew while a 51 seater will be allowed a sitting capacity of 30 including the driver and crew.

In the case of bodabodas, only one pillion passenger shall be carried.

Tuktuks shall only be allowed to carry one passenger at any time but the CS said the Health ministry should consider reviewing the directive to allow tuktuks to carry two passengers.

Macharia said a five-seater car will now be allowed a maximum of three passengers and a seven-seater car a maximum of five passengers.

In March this year, the government issued directives compelling the matatu sector to drastically reduce the number of passengers to avoid the potential spread of the coronavirus through congested matatus.

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